Piano Lessons for Adults
Welcome to Angeles Academy, Premiere Music School.
Over the last 7 years, we have provided the best quality private piano lessons for adults in Los Angeles California. Easily Accessible from Santa Monica, Brentwood, Beverly Hills and Century City, our beautiful location lies within a historic cathedral in Westwood, just next door to UCLA. Our teaching philosophy for adults is to develop a consistent practicing plan, and to give them the encouragement the technical skills needed to learn to play the piano. Adults will learn to play the music they love, not just technical exercises, and all along the way get the technique they need to master the instrument. To do this, we only hire teachers that are fun, outgoing positive personalities, have years of teaching experience, and have attended one of the top music schools in the world.
Advance Piano Lessons
Wine, cheese, and a bit of courage. Our adult recital caters to adult students whether beginning or more advanced. This fun encouraging environment helps adults get over their fear of performance.
Beginner Piano Lessons for Adults
During our student recitals and in private lessons, adult may pair up with their teacher to play duets. This is a great way to boost the confidence and have a lot of fun.
6 Reasons our Piano Teachers are “Good with Adults”
- Fun and positive energy.
- Show interest in you personally.
- Focus on music you love.
- Integrates technique gently.
- Flexible, rather than a ridgid lesson plans.
- Goal setting, short and long term, rewards.
Years of Experience
Our beautiful historic cathedral location is a landmark of Westwood Village, the perfect place to take music lessons in Los Angeles.
We offer five instruments in one convenient location saving you both time and money, as multiple children or family members can often take lessons at the same time.
We offer FREE parking and have a 25 space lot that is private and reserved for students. Additionally, the school is in walking distance to many popular grocery stores and shops, such as Whole Foods and Trader Joes, so parents can get shopping done while their kids take lessons!
In-Person Lessons – Saftey is no. 1
- tempature check at door.
- masks – Social Distancing.
- touch free hand sanitizers.
- Improved circulation – HVAC running and doors open to allow maximim fresh air.
- Air purifiers with HEPA filers and UV light to kill virisus in every room.
- Sanitizing of all keyboards and doorknobs between students.
- Constant cleaning of all surfaces frequently touched.
- For more saftey information please watch our saftey information video
At Angeles Academy of Music, we offer both online, in-person, and a flexible hybrid model, so parents and students can enjoy music lessons at thier comfort level. In the light of the Covid -19 Pandemic, saftey for in-person students is the utmost priority. Here are some of the the protocols that are in place in the facility:
Frequently Asked Questions about Piano Lessons for Adults
Is it too late to start lessons?
No. This is a question we frequently get from adults who are interested in getting back into piano after many years, or who are thinking of starting for the first time. We fully believe that its possible to learn piano at any age, in fact some things like technique, theory, and reading can be faster learned by the adult mind.
Do I need to buy a real piano to start or will a keyboard do?
It’s often possible to start on an inexpensive keyboard, and later perhaps rent or buy a real piano as progress is seen. For the first year or so, most adult beginners will only need to use the middle part of the piano, so a 61 key keyboard will often suffice. We sometimes adults to start with a keyboard, then upgrade to a piano as they progress. A weighted keyboard is often a little more expensive, but feels more like a real piano, and this is helpful as a transition to the real instrument. We advise to check with your instructor or to ask a friend that knows about pianos to help make an objective decision before buying.
Why Choose Piano?
The piano is a great instrument to start with. This is because its very visual, and produces a great sound without having to learn how, (such as the violin or the guitar). Because of this, it is and ideal starting instrument, especially for a young child, and this is probably why it is the number one instrument choice in the world. The piano is also the best instrument to understand music theory, (the study of the structure of music). This is because while most instruments can only play one note at a time, the piano can play many, helping students see the musical structure. While the piano is the easiest instrument to begin, and provides a great musical foundation, it is also the hardest instrument to master.
Some of the skills adults will learn in their Piano Lessons
Proper hand position is very important to being able to play piano capably.
The fingers should be curved, especially the final joint of every finger. A good hand position can often be felt by simply relaxing your hands at your sides and then bringing the hands up to the piano. Look for a slight C shape between the thumb and index fingers, and try to maintain this while playing. The wrist should remain level on top. Generally fingers should point strait ahead in conjunction with the keys. Each finger should be centered on each of the five notes to allow for greatest accurately. posture should be upright, and seat should be high enough that the elbows do not drop below the level of the keys. Shoulders should be low, and the wrist and elbows should be flexible.
Scales are very important, because it gives the aspiring pianist an opportunity to just work on legato, and evenness. Legato, (Italian for Tied Together), is an important concept for piano, and best practiced with the scale. The idea is that notes are smoothly connected from one to the next. At the moment the first note is released the next one is pressed down. This means there is no overlap between the sound of the first and second note, and but no gap in sound. The next consideration is how even the sound is. Even refers to volume level, and also rhythm. It can be quite challenging for the beginning pianist to keep every note the same volume level, especially the thumb since it is heavier and tends to make more sound. Rhythm is best practiced with a metronome, and steadily increased as everything becomes more comfortable.
Sight reading is an important skill for any aspiring musician. To begin, students are taught about treble and bass clefs, (different ranges), and to identify notes that are on the lines, and notes that are in the spaces between the lines. To remember the notes on the lines, students learn phrases such as, “every good boy does fine” The first letter of each word are the notes on the lines of the treble clef from bottom to top. E, G, B, D, F. The notes that are in the spaces between the lines spell the word “Face”, F, A, C, E. As students become faster at identifying these notes based on these simple phrases, the phrases wear off and they simply recognize the note for what it is. In addition to identifying notes, sight reading includes understanding rhythm. Rhythm is differentiated in notation by notes filled in or empty, and with different stems and beams. These indicate different speeds of notes. Even the most accomplished musicians can often improve their sight reading. More advanced training involves pushing speed and looking ahead, and through creating progressive goals.
Music theory teaches us how recognize and identify patterns across all music. It is fascinating because it starts to bring together a clearer understanding, and patterns once complex become simple. Imagine a complicated math equation that actually has a very simple answer.
Learning theory involves a mixture of ear training, (the ability to identify harmonies and melodies), as well as identifying and labeling these patterns on paper. Harmony is seen in notation vertically, and is often what might be described as the background in which a melody is set. Harmony consists of chords, (3 or more notes heard simultaneously), and can be Major, Minor, Diminished, and several others. These differences in sound are often described emotionally; happy, sad, or scary. The beginning of music theory training might involve identifying the difference between a couple of these chords. Ultimately, advanced theory students are able to write out the music they hear, and to analyze harmonies and melodies in musical scores. A full grasp on the structure of music can take years to develop.
I am pretty convinced Pangrazio has the best piano lessons in LA. My 3 children have been taking piano at the school with Jesica for the last 1 1/2 years. Jesica is a brilliant and kind teacher. Her patiences is truly extraordinary. My children started at ages 3, 5, 6. It is quite astonishing how proficient they are on the piano with only one, half hour, lesson a week.
My daughter takes violin from Isabel and piano with Jesica. We could not be more happy. She is 10 years old and a total beginner on piano and takes violin at her elementary school but in a group setting. Honestly, they are all so flexible and easy to work with. Nathan is kind and easy to deal with. If you want excellent teachers plus a flexible schedule and a fair price, I highly recommend them. I’m so happy with the results and my daughter loves her teachers.
I highly recommend Angeles Academy of Music for ALL types of singers! I had previously taken singing lessons in middle school but now I’m more serious about my voice and learning the skills to correctly use it for singing! Pangrazio has great instructors who are patient and very well trained to help you grow and develop!
My husband and I are both very pleased to have discovered Angeles Academy of Music! Nathanael Pangrazio has been teaching our 6-year-old twin daughters piano and voice lessons for nearly a year now. He is so patient with them, (works splendidly with children), was able to channel their individual talents and apply a curriculum to each of their requirements. We wouldn’t consider seeking elsewhere.
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